Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Coronado II in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Featuring its original custom color Firemist Gold nitro lacquer finish with matching peghead, this Coronado is featherweight at 6lbs 11oz with a fully hollow maple body that offers a smooth and snappy acoustic voice. The lively natural properties of the body translate well through the pair of original DeArmond-made single coil pickups. Clear, warm, and articulate when plugged in, the pickups deliver a wide range of tones, from sinewy twang and sparkle in the bridge position, to more mellow and full-bodied tones at the neck. One of the hallmarks of any DeArmond pickup is their percussive clarity and string to string balance, and this Coronado exemplifies those particular tonal qualities. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Coronado plays as well as the day it left the factory, with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast, effortless feel, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is bound and sports pearloid block inlay, retaining the original slender fretwire. The frets show moderate, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-3, with fainter wear extending to fret 5, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone. The peghead is finished in Firemist Gold, with the original "Coronado II" logo intact. The original Fender "F" tuners are also present, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. The April, 1967 date stamp is very bold on the neck heel, with the correct "paint stick" markings and an original factory shim in the neck pocket.
On the body, the electronics all function as intended, with each DeArmond-made single coil governed by its own pair of Volume and Tone knobs. The Fender-embossed chrome pickup covers are notably clean, as is the plating on the vibrato and bridge base, while the bridge saddles show light patina. Of the two bridge designs offered on the Coronado, this guitar features the more substantial and stable of the two, with Mustang-style saddles and chrome-plated cups floating on the top. The bridge works in concert with the original vibrato unit which has a smooth, effortless response and original arm. Plastics include the original quartet of knobs and the gold multi-ply pickguard which shows light pick scuffing.
The gloss Firemist Gold nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the back of the guitar is flame maple, with the figuring visible through the F holes. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole (largely relegated to the back), and a very light reaction in the clear coat from contact with a guitar strap central to the waist on the back. The gloss nitro lacquer is smooth and clean on the neck profile.
The original black tolex Victoria Luggage hardshell case with gold plush interior is included and equally as clean as the guitar, along with the original hangtag.